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For our first-ever, out-of-town #FirstNightTakeover, Perry O'Bree jumped on a coach from London to Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds to help inaugurate the brand-new Barn Theatre on the opening night of its first offering, a 12-strong, actor-musician version of THE SECRET GARDEN. In addition to the cast, Perry caught a few other familiar West End #StageFaves making the trip, including Liam Tamne, Verity Rushworth and the theatre's own artistic director, former actor Iwan Lewis...

Time for another #FirstNightTakeover! Perry O'Bree was back on the red carpet on 8 February 2018 at the opening night of ALL OR NOTHING at the Arts Theatre. There were mods, motorbikes and myriad stars who came out in force to London's West End to enjoy the show!

It was a great week for geeks as fantastic new musical EUGENIUS! had its gala night at The Other Palace! Come and find your inner superhero with our 10 top “Eunique” tweets! #GoEugenius!

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree attending the full-scale premiere (on 31 January 2018) of comic-book musical comedy EUGENIUS. In addition to producer (and film star) Warwick Davis and composer Ben Adams, Perry caught up with the show's stars and celebrity guests including Michael Ball, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Terry...

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree attending the West End opening of GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, which has transferred for a limited season at the Noel Coward Theatre following its lauded world premiere at the Old Vic. Can you name all the celebs Perry spotted on the red carpet? (Hint: They include Hollywood royalty Cate Blanchett!)

December 21st may be the shortest day of the year but the stars were aligned and shining brightly for the fantastic opening night of HAMILTON in London! And as soon as the show finished the rapturous reviews started pouring in! Still on a HAMILTON high we’ve rounded up our top 15 tweets from the big night!

21 Dec

The wait is over! HAMILTON officially got its London premiere tonight (21 December 2017) at the West End's Victoria Palace Theatre. We're rounding up the reviews as they come in. Do Brits get it? Here's what critics are saying so far...

As the hours count down to HAMILTON's opening night, we've rounded up some of the best news stories about this fantastic show and how it really is changing the face of musical theatre. From the realisation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's epic vision to the racial politics of its casting, there's even room for a light-hearted look at cast members' favourite lyrics and our very own 'spy in the stalls' report of the first preview. Find out more about HAMILTON here.

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree attending the West End premiere (on 14 December 2017) of macabre musical masterpiece THE GRINNING MAN, which has transferred to Trafalgar Studios after its award-winning 2016 world premiere at Bristol Old Vic. In addition to capturing the creepy atmosphere and Trafalgar transformation, Perry caught up with show stars Louis Maskell, Sanne den Besten and Amanda Wilkin, as well as fellow #StageFave Hannah Waddingham, who recently recorded her own version of one of the show's songs...

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree attending the London premiere (on 14 December 2017) of screen-to-stage adaptation NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL at the Eventim Apollo. What happened when he met Samantha Barks and other #StageFaves on the red carpet? Did he get into the festive spirit?

After a hugely successful opening night, everyone really is talking about Everybody's Talking About Jamie! Coming to the West End after a sold-out run in Sheffield, this new British musical opened at the Apollo Theatre on 22 November 2017 and just take a look at all these 4- and 5-star reviews. We've rounded up some of the best reviews from press night here.

23 Nov

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree attending the West End premiere (on 22 November 2017) of EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE at the Apollo Theatre. What happened when he met the real-life teen drag queen Jamie Campbell, who inspired the musical?

After a successful out of town try-out, the raucous YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (based on the 1974 film of the same name) had its long-awaited opening in London's West End on 10 October 2017 and if the reviews we woke up to are anything to go by, it's going to be a big success. We've rounded up the best reviews from press night along with cool features, behind-the-scenes video clips and interviews from the red (!) carpet...

There really is no party like a Perry O'Bree party! Our StageFaves vlogger was back in the West End for the opening night of the Mel Brooks musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (10 October 2017) and didn't stop laughing all night. Check out the twitter collection, watch the First Night Takeover video (with all the interviews!) and say a big CONGRATS to all the stars on a super-successful opening night on London's West End...

The stars were out for a glitzy media night at ANNIE as the fabulous CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD joined the West End cast as Miss Hannigan. We’ve marked the occasion with 10 top ANNIE media night tweets!

Celebs and fans flocked to the press night of THE BAND on 26 September 2017 and were treated not only to the show itself, but also to a performance from Take That...with a little help from Lulu! During the speeches it was also announced that the tour will be extended by a year and judging by all the glowing reviews it's getting, we're not surprised!

The latest entry in our #FirstNightTakeover series sees Perry O'Bree visiting the brand new purpose-built Marble Arch Theatre for the opening night (14 September 2017) of the new revival of FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE. Featuring photo booths, interval conga lines, Elaine Paige, original cast members, new cast members, Matt Lucas, after-show parties, Cameron Mackintosh, specially made cocktails and more - there really ain't no party like a Perry-O'Bree-meets-Five-Guys-Named-Moe party!

Very rarely does a show come along that receives unanimous praise and adulation, after all, appealing to the wide ranging tastes of both audience and critics is a tough ask. The National Theatre's production of FOLLIES however, is one of those shows! It's been ages since we've seen such glowing reviews pouring in from far and wide and it's great to see the Sondheim classic 1971 musical still feels as fresh as ever! You can't be a true musical theatre lover without a bit of Sondheim, and we reckon FOLLIES is the perfect way to clock in a few hours of one of the greatest American composers...We've rounded up the best reviews and features so you can get your FOLLIES fix all in one place!

Happy 1st August! If you’re not heading off on holiday, never fear! Instead, let yourself be carried away by one of the fantastic new shows opening in London this August! We've counted down some of the shows you definitely don’t want to miss this summer in 12 top tweets!

The fabulous KINKY BOOTS celebrated another year in the West End and welcomed new cast members. We thought it was time to catch up with some KINKY BOOTS cast tweets so we rounded up our top 10 from the media night and after party! #londongetskinky